AskDefine | Define dogging

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1 a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night" [syn: domestic dog, Canis familiaris]
2 a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman; "she got a reputation as a frump"; "she's a real dog" [syn: frump]
3 informal term for a man; "you lucky dog"
4 someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog" [syn: cad, bounder, blackguard, hound, heel]
5 a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll [syn: frank, frankfurter, hotdog, hot dog, wiener, wienerwurst, weenie]
6 a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward [syn: pawl, detent, click]
7 metal supports for logs in a fireplace; "the andirons were too hot to touch" [syn: andiron, firedog, dog-iron] v : go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit" [syn: chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, go after, track] [also: dogging, dogged]dogging adj : relentless and indefatigable in pursuit or as if in pursuit; "impossible to escape the dogging fears" [syn: persisting]dogging See dog

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The sexual practice of having sex in public places, especially parks, deliberately taking the chance of being watched.


  1. present participle of dog

Extensive Definition

Dogging can mean doing the action of the verb to dog in any of its various meanings:
  • "Dogging someone's heels" = following him closely.
  • Using a mechanical device called a "dog" to fasten something to something else (for example, doors, hatches, or shafts).
  • (Especially on the west coast of Scotland) Playing truant from school and occasionally from work.
  • (Related to the above) Soldiering, that is, purposely restricting work productivity as a means of revenge against an employer, or of preventing one's full productivity from being known lest it be unduly set as a new minimum expectation.
  • The Publishers Weekly review of "The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events", by Stanley Coren, states: "the Spanish conquistadors fortified their military with dogs, and 'the cruelest of the Spanish leaders would use the dogs as a means of public execution. This was known as "dogging"'."
  • (Especially in British slang) Engaging in a type of public sex activity called dogging.
  • (In the context of motor vehicle wheel alignment) Moving in such a way that the vehicle's lengthwise axis (front-back axis) is not in line with the direction of travel, but rather is angled by a few degrees.


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